Ask Ian Questions from Campers – Mosquito Bites

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Ask Ian Questions from Campers – Mosquito Bites

Hi campers,

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about why mosquito bites itch. So I’m guessing a lot of you are scratching too!

First of all, only female mosquitoes bite – males feed on flower nectar. Once a female zeroes in on her meal, she sticks her “stinger” (called a “proboscis”) in your skin. Then she injects special saliva that helps keep the blood flowing to make it easy to suck it up and fill her belly. The mosquito’s saliva in the “bite” is what makes it itch. Even though the swelling around the bite goes away, it will still itch until your body can break down all the proteins in the saliva.

Might be easier said than done, but it’s best not to scratch your bite at all so you don’t spread the mosquito saliva. A little goes a long way!

Keep trekking!
Ian

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